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Police win quarterly awards

The police in Kraaifontein are walking with their heads held high after scooping numerous awards at the recent provincial quarterly awards.

The awards recognise work done from October until December 2018.

Kraaifontein police walked away with the awards for highest volume of arrests executed for associated crimes (best performer), highest volume of cases to court for contact crimes (best performer), highest volume of total arrests (second-best performer), highest volume of cases to court for contact related crimes (third-best performer), highest volume of arrests executed for community reported offences (third-best performer), highest volume of arrests executed for crimes dependent on police action (third-best performer) and highest volume of cases to court for all other serious crimes and crimes dependent on police action (third-best performer).

Brigadier Gerda van Niekerk, the station commander, thanked the officers for their hard work, as well as the community for their dedication and willingness to assist in the fight against crime. “Active community participation is pivotal in our fight against crime. We are working hard to make this the best station in the Western Cape and in the country,” says Van Niekerk.

It is not only at police work the officers from Kraaifontein is excelling, as the recently established Kraaifontein police cricket team won a bronze medal at the Tygerberg Cluster Cricket Championships held at Kraaifontein Sports Complex last Wednesday. According to captain Hein Hendricks, spokesperson, the cricket team was only playing in its fourth game since it was started, and was playing against well-established teams from other stations. “The team started slowly and lost their first game against Durbanville, but made up for it by overpowering Bothasig in their next game. They bowled Bothasig out for only 53 runs and chased down the score without losing any wickets,” says Hendricks.

Van Niekerk praised the team for the achievement and wished them luck going forward. “The cricket also helps with the fitness of the officers and a fitter officer is mentally stronger and that leads to better performance,” says Van Niekerk.

On 1 March, 12 constables were promoted to the rank of sergeant. The officers were handed their new ranks at a ceremony at the Kraaifontein police station last week. All 12 constables have been serving in the police for more than 11 years.

Van Niekerk says it has been a long wait and she congratulated them on their years of hard work but also warned them that with promotion comes bigger workload and responsibilities.

At the same ceremony, another 18 warrant officers were also promoted to warrant officer band 2. They have all been in the rank of warrant officer for at least 15 years.

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